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A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die (1972)

Una ragione per vivere e una per morire (original title)
PG | | Western | 6 August 1973 (Spain)
Branded a coward for surrendering his New Mexico fort to the Confederates without firing a shot, a Union colonel attempts to redeem himself by leading a band of condemned prisoners on a suicide mission to recapture it.

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Colonello Pembroke
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Maggiore Ward
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Eli Sampson
Georges Géret ...
Sergente Spike
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Sergente Brent (as Rene Kolldehoff)
Guy Mairesse ...
Donald MacIvers
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maggiore Charles Ballard (as Jose Suarez)
Ugo Fangareggi ...
Fred
Benito Stefanelli ...
Samuel Pickett un ex condannato
Adolfo Lastretti ...
Will Fernandez / Will Culder (as Guy Ranson)
Fabrizio Moresco ...
Ward's Assistant
Francisco Sanz ...
Farmer (as Paco Sanz)
Carla Mancini
Joe Pollini ...
Jeremy
Mario Pardo ...
Roger, Farmer's Son
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A dishonoured army officer saves the lives of some hardened criminals on condition that they help him regain his honour. Will they live up to his expectations? Written by Hector Farrugia <hector.farrugia@magnet.mt>

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A handful of condemned men on an impossible mission, against hopeless odds...

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A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die  »

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(1973) (theatrical) | (Northern Countries PAL DVD) | (original uncut)

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Due to the massive TV success of Telly Savalas as Kojak on the BBC, this was released in the UK and Ireland with a huge TV advertising campaign, which would have been very rare at the time. See more »

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At the end of Telly Savalas' first scene he lights up a modern cigarette which clearly has a filter. See more »

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Edited into Spaghetti Western Trailer Show (2007) See more »

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The Dirty Dozin'
18 July 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This English re-titled "A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die" is a thoroughly unconvincing United States Civil War swipe of "The Dirty Dozen", done in the Clint Eastwood "spaghetti western" style. James Coburn (as Pembroke) leads a less than star-studded group of seven desperadoes. (Still pre-Kojak) Telly Savalas, who appeared as one of the original "Dozen", is Mr. Coburn's major foil. Mr. Savalas (as Ward) has interesting taste in sculpture art. The locations are nice, but don't seem very American. The film's relatively high level of explosions, shootings, and stabbings must have been the box office draw, back in the early 1970s. Today, you only need to play a video game.

** Una ragione per vivere e una per morire (1972) Tonino Valerii ~ James Coburn, Telly Savalas, Bud Spencer


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